Paging Cliff Clavin
His Nixon Potato has some stiff competition!
Heya friends! 👋
Here are some items from across the internet that I thought were worth sharing!
1. As a lifelong Celtics fan 🍀and lover of homegrown tomatoes, I couldn’t stop gawking at this picture: Larry Bird is a tomato.
2. Fake news. Alternative Facts. Clickbait. Filter bubbles. I honestly don’t know if a truer headline has ever been printed, but I do know things need to change: The Truth is Paywalled, But the Lies are Free.
3. These machines get it. Existence is suffering.
4. A few years ago, I attended Explo’s Critical Making for Educators camp at their warehouse in Norwood, MA. I was blown away by the incredible people they have on staff and by their approach to integrating design thinking into the classroom. They recently published an article arguing that the synchronous vs asynchronous class paradigm is not a binary system, but rather a spectrum: Beyond Synchronous and Asynchronous: Elastic Proximity. I find the diagrams to be especially helpful in considering different ways to structure my classes.
5. Cultivating a Luddite Pedagogy in an EdTech World:
A Luddite pedagogy is a pedagogy of liberation, and, as such, it clashes head on with the talk of liberation peddled by advocates of edtech. According to the latter, the child, previously condemned to all the unbearably oppressive restrictions of having to learn in groups, can now be liberated by the tech that makes a 1:1 model of education feasible, launching each and every child on an utterly personal learning journey. Liberation as personalisation – here the Luddite finds something that ought to be smashed…”
“Like all societies, that free society, at the very least needs to be able to use the pronoun “we”. We can only achieve freedom historically if we find ourselves among people similarly engaged by the questions of who we are, what we are doing, what we believe and what makes sense to us. As preparation for this, a crucial initial task of school is to enable children to feel that they are part of a larger whole beyond the family, and then to equip them and inspire them to carry on the dialogue about the beliefs and ideas and frameworks of sense that hold society together…”
“The liberal edtech idea that children should see their education as a personal affair destroys the whole that children need to feel a part of.”
Thanks for reading! See you next time :)